Bears Get Comeback Victory Over Diplomats

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LANCASTER, Pa. - Julie Bown led four players in double figures for a game-high 13 points to help Ursinus get a 58-53 comeback victory over Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference (CC) women's basketball action on Tuesday night.

The Bears (3-7, 2-4 CC) went on a 28-11 run in the second half to erase a 12-point deficit, including a 9-2 spurt in the final 5:04 of the game to collect their third win of the season and second straight over the Diplomats (5-7, 3-3 CC).

Carolyn Konstanzer, Jaclyn Hilf and Kristy George each finished with 10 points. Konstanzer recorded all of her points in the second half to aid in the comeback.

Amanda Miceli and Beth Holt paced F&M with 13 points apiece, knocking down three triples each. Sarah Meisenberg became the program's all-time leader in free-throws made with 336, going 2-for-2 to surpass Cathy Belser's mark of 335.

With the Diplomats ahead 42-30 at the 15:04 mark, the Bears scored 13 straight points to take their first lead of the half at 43-42 on a Laura Krieger pull-up jumper from the free-throw line.

Bown hit a jumper and Miceli answered with her third triple make it 47-all. Casey Downie registered back-to-back baskets for F&M to take a 51-49 lead with 5:04 remaining. Ursinus relied on two offensive rebounds to set up Hilf's three-pointer to give Ursinus the lead for good.

Bown followed with another jumper and Konstanzer got two points on a layup to make it 56-51 with 2:33 showing on the clock. Holt finished a fast-break layup off a Megan Pauley steal for a three-point game, but the Diplomats could not get the equalizer on three attempts from behind the arc and George nailed two from the charity stripe with seven seconds left to seal the victory.

F&M used an 8-0 run late in the first half to get out in front of the Bears. With the scored tied at 22-all, Meisenberg made a pair of free-throws followed by a Miceli layup and a Holt three-pointer for a 29-22 lead. The Diplomats kept Ursinus off the board for four minutes, 35 seconds and George made both from the line to end the second half for a 30-24 F&M lead.

The Diplomats raced out to their largest lead at 42-30 in the first five minutes of the second stanza, but the Bears began to make their move with the second-half run that resulted in the eventual win.  

Downie ended with a season-high 13 points on 6-for-8 shooting, eight rebounds and two blocks.

F&M returns to action on Thursday at Haverford. Game time is 6 p.m.